I typically just sit back and watch disagreements come and go about the natural hair community, but the fact that the division is ever growing has prompted me to say something about it!
If you’ve been following me from my early days, I attempted to make this blog heavily about my kinky textured natural hair, from here on I will refer to it as 4c hair as its mostly known for. I stopped blogging about my natural hair because I prefered writing about my faith and other topics. And honestly because I felt no one wanted to read about 4c hair. Bringing me to the reason for this post…
Some of the UK naturals, the 4c hair ladies launched an attack or discussion against the looser curl ladies in the natural hair community a few days ago. I learned of this debate from Abigail Kwakye, a natural hair vlogger and Ghanaian/British singer. I followed the debate on her twitter which landed me on instagram. The 4c hair ladies complaints were about lack of representation of 4c hair and brown ladies at natural hair events. One of the natural hair events coordinator, countered by saying that, 4c hair ladies should BE the representation that they want to see and that some 4c hair ladies are not serious about their blogging and do not work hard enough.
First of all to equate someones work ethics based on their hair and skin color is very silly. And the fact of the matter is, working hard and not getting any recognition for it deters a lot of people from putting in the work. Occasionally, I look up 4c hairstyles on youtube and the views are super low because no one is watching their videos, why put our videos when no one is watching? Even some of the 4c hair ladies are mainly subscribed to the looser curls ladies channels. I’m not saying a 4c hair lady cant learn anything from a looser curls lady, but it doesn’t make sense at times to hold onto everything they say and watch them when their hair texture looks nothing like that of your own.
I do agree to some extent on the whole notion of “being the change…” because if we (4c hair ladies) have the resources and abilities to represent our hair textures then I do think that we should. That said, I will still stand by my initial point and say that it is very hard to represent without support.
I find so crazy that there is a fight about hair textures! understandable, but its crazy! I’ll tell you why, the whole natural hair movement was for black women especially to come into themselves and fight off the European beauty standards, but it seems like everyone missed the point and its all been in vain.
Will we ever overcome?